Konica Minolta Introduces The 8020 And 8031 Color Imaging Systems - Mid-Range Color MFPs

New digital color devices offer high apeed and high productivity at an affordable price.

WINDSOR, Conn. - January 22, 2003
Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Konica Minolta), the innovation leader in digital imaging solutions and a subsidiary of Konica Minolta Corporation, today introduced two new mid-range color multifunctional products (MFPs) - the Konica Minolta 8020 and 8031 Color Imaging Systems.

Featuring copy and print speeds from 20 to 31 pages per minute (ppm) in color and B&W, the 8020 and 8031 are the first Konica Minolta color products to offer Simitri™ Color Polymerized Toner, developed and manufactured exclusively by Konica Minolta. With the addition of key features such as scan-once, print-many LED technology, a new saddle-stitch booklet finisher with punch unit, and enhanced job management functionality, the Konica Minolta 8020/8031 are affordable options for corporate workgroups and graphic professionals who require high speed and high productivity in a color MFP solution.

Replacing the 7915 and 7920, both the 8020 and 8031 offer 600 x 600 dpi copy resolution and up to 600 x 1800 dpi print resolution; standard electronic sort in both copy and print mode; scan-to-email, scan-to-FTP and Internet fax capabilities; and an optional hard drive for job storage. With their comprehensive functionality and low price, these new devices are ideally suited for corporate and graphic users serving a variety of industries - from education and financial services to manufacturing and advertising - who need to create marketing materials, flyers, direct mail pieces, financial reports, graphs, charts, variable data printing (VDP), CAD/CAM drawings, user and technical manuals, etc., on a continual basis.

With the 8020/8031's LED technology and Simitri Color Polymerized Toner, achieving fast, accurate color output has never been easier. The four-drum, four-developer LED technology system applies four colors in one pass with a straight paper-path design that supports up to 12" x 18" copying and printing on up to 140-lb. index paper via the bypass tray and universal cassette. The 8020/8031 deliver industry-leading consistent, high quality output with Konica Minolta's breakthrough Simitri Color Polymerized Toner, which maintains the uniformity of the toner particles to produce clean, crisp 600 x 600 dpi resolution with an offset-like look.

In addition, superior color quality is achieved with the 8020/8031's 256 gradations of color per pixel and fine-edge enhancement technology (FEET™) that smoothes and emphasizes text edges for sharper, cleaner text. Other features such as automatic calibration and color selection for mixed-copy originals, instantaneously detect for color and B&W pages, providing for increased quality control

Delivering a user-friendly, Section 508 compliant touch screen and a flexible modular design, the 8020/8031 are easy to use and easy to integrate into the corporate color and short-run production printing environments. The large touch screen, with a tilt keypad and font display enlargement, guides users step-by-step through the copy process. The modular design allows for an extensive list of options, including a duplexing document feeder, 2,500-sheet large capacity tray, two additional 500-sheet paper trays, a corner-stapler finisher, and a saddle-stitch booklet finisher with a two and/or three-hole punch unit.

"The new 8020/8031 represent not only an enhancement to Konica Minolta's color product line but also a significant enhancement to the industry's color market segments, especially in terms of speed, quality and affordability," said William H. Brewster, vice president, marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions - Konica Minolta 8031, Inc. "Price-sensitive customers who are looking for high speed and high productivity in a mid-range, color MFP solution can stop searching. The 8020/8031 are superior competitive options."

Printing Options
Two optional print controllers are available for network printing and scanning. The Fiery® X3e+ print controller was designed specifically to meet the needs of the graphic arts market with its new built-in System 5 architecture, 700 MHz processor, 128MB of standard memory, a 10GB hard drive, and true Adobe® PostScript®3 and PCL5c page description language. The IP-711 PCL print controller with its 200 MHz processor, 160MB of standard memory, and a 10GB hard drive is suited for corporate users utilizing MS Office applications such as PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Project.

Highlighted 8020/8031 Features
- Copy and print speeds of 31ppm color and B&W for the 8031
- Copy and print speeds of 20ppm color and 31ppm B&W for the 8020
- Tandem LED technology, single-pass color® system
- Scan-once/print-many technology
- Simitri™ Color Polymerized Toner
- 600 x 600 dpi copy resolution with enhanced 600 x 1800 dpi print resolution
- Maximum document size of up to 12" x 18"
- Up to 140-lb. index through the universal cassette and bypass tray
- 750-sheet standard/3,250-sheet maximum paper capacity
- IP-711 PCL print controller with 200 MHz processor, 160MB of standard memory, 10GB hard drive
- Fiery® X3e+ print controller with 700 MHz processor, 128MB of standard memory, graphical PostScript®3 and PCL5c print drivers, 10GB hard drive
- Advanced finishing options, including booklet finisher with two and/or three-hole punch unit and corner-stapler finisher

Pricing and Availability
Affordable competitive options, the Konica Minolta 8020 and 8031 are available through Konica Minolta's North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 8020 is $14,195 and the 8031 is $17,395. The MSRP for the IP-711 PCL print controller is $3,600 and for the Fiery® X3e+ is $4,200.metaRobot